Autumn has arrived, which in our industry means that global vendors have been hard at work in preparation for the annual Intergeo exhibition in Germany. As much of my personal work involves setting the scene for new product offerings, my weeks since midsummer have been spent finalizing pricing models, channel agreements and communications for the new products that I am helping launch this year. As with last year, I will yet again be reporting on what I see over the next three days in Hamburg.
Last year in my blog, I described an event full of UAVs and clever marketing. However, as I take stock of the press releases and announcements in the last few days, I thought it would be interesting to talk about a trends that we will see at this year’s show.
The overwhelming theme for me is integration. This includes integration of sensors into singular hardware offerings, and perhaps similar integration in software too.
This year’s story so far: Integrated solutions
One new system integration that I am especially interested to find out more about is Siteco’s Pave-Scanner mobile mapping system, which has been developed with Pavemetrics. Touted as “the first commercially available true 360-degree infrastructure and pavement inspection system,” the solution appears to provide a way to operate Pavemetric’s specialist LCMS pavement imaging sensors on the same platform as a mobile mapping system.
Readers of my blog (like this post) will be aware that pavement imaging sensors have been operated on platforms that also include various LiDAR and camera systems, and by firms such as Mandli Communications and Michael Baker. I will be interested to see how well data from all these systems can be viewed, analyzed and delivered together from Siteco’s platform.
One piece of news that some might consider contradicts my point of there yet being no single sensor announcements, could be what we have heard about Trimble’s new SX10 system over recent days. Clearly the result of some well thought out engineering on Trimble’s part, the SX10 has incorporated laser scanning, total station and imaging sensors into one unit, with the scanner being integrated into the telescope of the total station. If each sensor is viewed independently, then there will be better individual sensors out there.